THE OLD WEST
SURROUNDED BY THE
OF WELLS GRAY PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Despite the rapid growth of its urban centers, much
of Western Canada is still untamed frontier. One of
those areas is the Wells Gray Park,
Columbia's outdoor adventure paradise with a
protected mountain wilderness exceeding 600,000
hectares in area. Bordered
on the north and west by the Cariboo Mountains, and
on the east by the Shuswap Mountain Plateau, Wells
Gray Park BC encompasses a broad spectrum of
majestic mountain scenery and clear deep blue lakes.
The area is abundant in flora and fauna. Caribou,
moose, black bear, beaver and wolf freely roam the
park, and local streams are well stocked with trout.
The Wells Gray Guest Ranch is located inside Wells
Gray Park boundaries approximately 25 km from Clearwater,
BC along side the park road.
It offers comfortable Log Cabin Accommodation, Ranch
House Lodging and Rustic Camping Accommodation. Adventure Activities like horseback riding,
hiking, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, river rafting
and especially wildlife viewing are all part of the ranch's
daily summer routine. In
the winter the most popular activities are dog-sledding,
snowmobiling, snowshoeing and wildlife viewing.
Your skilled guide will lead you to adventures on
remote mountains, valleys and lakes in a setting as
spectacular as it is challenging.
The friendliness and hospitality, vital for survival
in this remote area of British Columbia during
pioneer days is maintained until today. You will
find the Old West alive in our Black Horse Saloon
and enjoy the Western Style atmosphere in our
outdoor Chuckwagon patio.
Its link with the romantic past, however, is still
the most appealing quality of Wells Gray Park. It
retains to this day a sense of challenges and pleasures
of pioneering. Relax in the quiet times at Wells Gray
Guest Ranch. Meet your friends at the campfire and
swap exciting stories or listen to the call of a coyote
echoing over the valley.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOU TO MAKE AN INFORMED
DECISION TO STAY WITH US:
The Log Cabin Rooms
Ranch has two duplex and two triplex log cabins
available for your comfort. The rooms are arranged
side by side with separate entrances and a common
front porch facing the horse pasture and forest
Deluxe Rooms: Rooms 1 to 4 are very nicely furnished
sleeping up to 6 guests in two queen or double beds
and a pull out double futon. They feature a
kitchenette & nook (small refrigerator, 2-burner stove
top, microwave, kitchen-sink and cabinets, basic
kitchen utensils supplied), private shower & WC, a
propane fireplace and widescreen TV screen with Blue
Ray/DVD player (bring your own movies or rent from the
Standard Rooms: Rooms 5 to 10 sleeping 2 - 3 in
queen and single beds. They are all equipped with
en-suite shower & WC. Two standard rooms are also
equipped with kitchenettes (small refrigerator,
2-burner stove top, microwave, kitchen-sink and
cabinets, basic kitchen utensils supplied) sleeping
only two in either a queen or two single beds, the
other four rooms sleep three in either a queen and a
single or three single beds with cooking cabinets
featuring microwave, toaster and mini fridge.
rooms have a complimentary coffee/tea bar.
Wells Gray Rustic Cabin Hostel
Our newly built Fort Wells Gray offers
a unique camping experience with a big campfire area
and BBQ shelter.
Our rustic cabins are equipped with four to five bunk
beds each with comfortable mattresses, tables and
chairs, water containers and wash basins and double
propane ceiling lights (Sleeping bags and pillows are
available for rent). This upscale camping
accommodation is ideal for hostel type small group
tours & individual parties alike.
Front Desk, Check in and Check out
accept that we are a small family operation and cannot
be compared to a regular Hotel or Motel with all the
24 hour services. Our office hours are daily from
08.00 - 11.00 a.m. and 04.00 - 08.00 p.m. Check in
time is from 04.00 - 07.00 p.m., check out time from
08.00 - 11.00 a.m. at which time the rooms have to be
vacated for cleaning. Should you require check in outside those
hours please call us ahead of time to make
adopted the movement to preserve water and energy and
try to reduce the impact on nature by reducing water
and detergent use. Contrary to most Hotel or Motel
establishments we do not offer daily maid service
for short stays. For longer stays of more than three
nights we clean the rooms and change bedding & towels
half way through your stay. If you do need extra
towels or coffee & tea we please ask you to contact
the desk during business hours. If you do prefer daily
maid service it is available for a surcharge of $
15.00 per night. Please inform the front desk at
house services Fort Wells Gray and group facilities.
It features two WC, four showers and two sinks with
running hot and cold water each for Cowgirls and
Cowboys. We also feature a dishwashing station and a
fresh water station outside the shower house.
GROUP FACILITIES ONLY:
bunkhouses are only open to groups of a minimum of 8
guests and are set back in a remote area of the Ranch
with two primitive outhouses nearby. The closest
facility with WC and showers is on our campground
approximately 3 minutes walk from this location. The
bunkhouses are small and like the old ranch-hand
accommodations very basic with no electricity or
running water. They feature one window and a lockable
door, a small table and chair, propane lighting, and
four to twelve wooden bunks with vinyl covered
mattresses. You have to bring your own pillow,
sleeping bag and a good flashlight is recommended for
finding your way to and from the area in the dark.
Please contact us for reservations and our very
reasonable group rates.
well organized for tent camping groups. We feature two
nice lawn areas for camping with roomy BBQ-shelters.
We provide a picnic tables, fire pits, firewood and the use of our shower house.
Reservations are required.
The Black Horse Saloon
authentic Western Saloon is open daily from 08.00 -
09.30 for breakfast. Dinner is served at 07.00 p.m.
There is a salad buffet for starters including crusty
rolls & butter or margarine. This is followed by a
main course featuring side dishes and condiments. To
top it all off dessert is offered after the main
course. Coffee, tea and water are complimentary.
On the rare occasion that we do not reach our minimum
of ten guests for our in house dinner buffet we will arrange
and reserve dinner for you at another reputable
restaurant. in the area.
European Continental Breakfast:
We serve breakfast buffet style on 7 days a week in
our Saloon. The cold buffet includes a choice of
Muffins, White & Multigrain Toast, Waffles,
cold hard boiled Eggs, processed Cheese,
Butter or Margarine, a selection of Jams, Syrup, a
variety of Cereals, Dried Fruit & Nuts, Milk and
Yoghurt, Fruit Salad, Orange Juice,
Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate.
Packed Lunches to
enjoy during your day will be either packed by your
guide on the daytrip or handed to you to take out
Communication and in
Our standard rooms are
still the old western style tranquility without telephone,
television, DVD player, radio or CD player. In deluxe
rooms we feature a widescreen TV screen & DVD/BLUE
RAY player. You are welcome to bring your own movies
but there are movies for rent at the desk. There is a
radio alarm clock in every room but we do not get
any regular radio reception in our area only most of
the time the neighbors own country music channel. Please also
note that there is no cell phone reception at all
locations in the park. We did install a phone for our
guests outside the office which you can use with phone
cards. There is however free
wireless satellite internet available for in room
guests and Skype
or other communication programs should work for you as
long as the satellite service is working normally (you
have to supply your own device). For camping guests there is a charge of $ 5.00 per day for the use of the
We guide wilderness
activities in Wells Gray Park since 1984 and offer
daily horseback riding in the park and on our ranch
land & guided canoe/sightseeing tours along the gravel
road of Clearwater River Corridor and on
Clearwater Lake in Wells Gray Park. Group hiking tours
up to Trophy Mountain Flower Meadows are also
organized on request. White Water Rafting, Jet Boat Tours,
Fishing, River Kayaking and Mountain Biking are also
offered in the park by other outfitters. We gladly
help you with the reservation of such trips with these
organizations. All optional activities have to be arranged with
the desk during business hours the day before.
Please note that our trips
have to be suitable for the amateur adventurer and
therefore we do not trot or gallop horses and our
canoe trips are either for the total novice (The
Appetizer, daily departures) or the a little more conditioned paddlers
(Canoe Wells Gray, on arrangement). Our hiking (Nature Wells Gray,
on arrangement) trips
are also rated easy and require only medium physical